Somatic
Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a short term naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma developed by Dr. Peter Levine. The work is based upon observation that wild prey animals, though threatened routinely, are rarely traumatized. Animals in the wild utilize innate mechanisms to regulate and discharge the high levels of energy arousal associated with defensive survival behaviors. These mechanisms provide animals with a built-in immunity to trauma that enables them to return to normal in the aftermath of highly charged life-threatening experiences. With humans, we have the same capacity, but our thinking brain prevents us from releasing the trauma and the trauma or frozen energy gets stuck in our bodies. As a result we have many symptoms of ailments in our bodies and in many cases we may repeat the same trauma over and over in order to try to resolve our conflict, but we find we cannot. Somatic Experiencing can assist the client in releasing the trauma, empower them and allow them to feel liberated from their straitjacket. Examples of some trauma:

  • Bullet wounds
  • Falls
  • Near Drowning
  • Attempted Suicides
  • Surgery
  • Sexual or Physical Abuse
  • War
  • Car Crashes

In the year 2000 a therapist in California told me about Dr. Peter Levine’s book “Waking the Tiger”. The book goes into detail about healing trauma. I read the book and then ordered his audio tapes. I began to realize that I had a lot of unresolved traumas that had gotten frozen energetically in my body. I felt as though I was in a straitjacket and I was consistenly frightened of many things. I then contacted another NYC Somatic Experiencing practitioner. With the work that she and I began doing together I began to see that I was becoming aware of my body and I no longer felt constricted and I felt more alive. Any healing work that I have chosen to study is healing that has profoundly healed me. So much so that I have chosen to give back to others. The healing is done in a safe, nurturing and beautfiul environment. The session usually lasts one hour. The healing can take from one session all the way to working with a client on a weekly basis. The client learns and experiences:

  • Sensations in their body
  • When they feel good
  • When they feel danger
  • Boundaries
  • How to feel safe in an unsafe world

Commonly Asked
Questions

What is Somatic Experiencing?

It’s not dependent on drugs or other outside agents. It helps people access their own instinctive ability to rebound from overwhelming experiences. It is best to experience the treatment.

What is trauma?

Any kind of overwhelming event where we have not been able to release the energy that has frozen in our body.

How do you work?

In a nurturing, safe environment developing trust working with the client getting in touch with the sensations in their body.

Why hasn't my being in talk therapy helped release the trauma?

It is best to do both at the same time. You need to work with the physiological factors in your body to release the energy that has been frozen as a result of the trauma.

“The healing work of Sherri is love itself. The soul of Sherri is to be evolved to the best of its present capacity, and one means of this evolution is the duty of helping that of others by example, advice, encouragement, and dedication. Thanks to Sherri’s work, my life is now different. Old things have passed away, all things have become new. Her guidance has been an incredible blessing. I am amazed at Sherri’s insight into human life, experience and need.”

Michael F., St. Jean de Vedas, France

“I felt that I was on a journey to experience my body in a fully relaxed state. The journey was safe and comfortable. I was able to touch on feelings in my body by simply experiencing the color, the shape, the tension inside, knowing very well that I always had an escape route if the feelings were too intense. I felt supported by Sherri and came away from every session with a sense that if I listened to the subtle clues in my body, things in my life would make more sense. Somatic experiencing gives you the tools to experience the wisdom of the body in a nurturing atmosphere.”

Geri L., Piscataway, New Jersey

“10 years ago Sherri told me about her healing work in Somatic Experiencing, healing trauma. I was a bit reluctant because I had never done complementary healing before. During that same time, while crossing a main street in my city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, I had a bad fall and I injured my arm. I went to a traditional doctor in Amsterdam and 3 days after my visit my arm seem to get worse and become infected. While speaking to Sherri on the phone she asked me if I would like to try the work over the phone. My arm was in such a painful state, I decided to try the work with her. She worked on the phone with me for a one hour session. With the soothing conversation and the constant reminder to go into my inner self, I was able to go through the healing process. The next day I called Sherri and told her my arm was no longer swollen and the infection had gone. I am very grateful to Sherri.”

Henk V., Amsterdam, Netherlands